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 VOLUME TEN, NUMBER EIGHT                                    March 9, 2003
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                           TABLE OF CONTENTS
                           The Editor's Note

                         NEWS, REPORTS, UPDATES
                           Calendar of Events
                             Recent Updates
                      February Connection Analysis

                               LEGENDITES
                        Stock Char PK Winners!

                               Clan News
                         The Warlords Disband
                    The Knights of Takhisis Disband
                  The Dark Necromancers Society Forms
                  The Council of the Nine Winds Forms

                              The PK Front

                          Laughing Eye's Lament

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On one hand, I feel like I should apologize to everyone for the recent
inconsistency with which the LT has been coming out. I know it's hard to
be eager and excited about something you don't know when to expect.
Although, on the other hand, one of the reasons that I've been less
excited and enthusiastic about putting the issues together is a lack of
material with which to put one together with.

You don't have to write the next great novel to have something to submit.
500 words seems to be an appropriate length, and looking back over the
old issues, many people send in tidbits each week that were barely a
paragraph long, but let everyone know what was going on. If anyone (or
more than one person) would like to voluteer as a "gossip/society"
columnist, it would go a long way to providing interesting snippets for
everyone to read each week. The same goes for the reporting on pkill...
the few submissions we've gotten have been fun and great, and I bet they
didn't take a lot of effort to write up and send in to get a pink plastic
prize token.

Whenever a clan forms or has an anniversary, I try to send out notes in
hopes of getting something new back from the GM, something other than
just a boring old repeat of the CLANS clan_name information. Very few GMs
have actually taken the time to respond to these, which is a shame. It's
a great way to get your clan's name out there and some self-promotion.

In the past I've gotten a lot of positive feedback about different
recurring article types: The PR Outlook was much appreciated and
anticipated, and Cheyla's periodic informative or ranting articles have
been welcome additions to the issues. Some may have complained that
certain gossip columns only highlighted the same crowd over and over...
but you know what? Anyone can do things like this! And it'd be great if
we had several perspectives reported from each week. So if you think your
corner of the world is being ignored... represent it!

If you're interested in doing a recurring article type, please drop me a
note and we'll see what we can set up. I know writing something every
week can get old real fast, but if you can trade off week's with someone,
that can be interesting and keeps the content changing as well.

Remember, this newsletter is for everyone in the community, so if you're
not seeing the types of things you want to read about... suggest it, or
better yet, write it up and send it in!

Have a great week!

-Kaige
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          [All times are system time unless otherwise specified]

                                 MARCH
                         Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                                            1
                          2  3  4  5  6  7  8
                          9 10 11 12 13 14 15
                         16 17 18 19 20 21 22
                         23 24 25 26 27 28 29
                         30 31

Sunday,    March      9th      9:00 pm      Trivia with LadyAce 
Thursday,  March     13th      7:00 pm      Q & A in the OOC Auditorium
Monday,    March     17th                   Happy St. Patrick's Day 
                               all day      Find & kiss the Blarney Stone
                                                  for good luck all year!
                              10:00 pm      Irish Casino
Thursday,  March     20th      7:00 pm      Q & A in the OOC Auditorium
Saturday,  March     22nd                   March Madness Tinyplot
  
Coming in April....
- Easter!
 
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    /\                         CODE UPDATES
   /  \     
  /    \    MISC CHANGES:
 /_    _\      o Titles/whois strings can now also be granted on a
   |  |          temporary basis and need to be "renewed" in order to
   |  |          keep them over the long term. Expect to see these
   |  |          cropping up in areas soon.
   |__|          
    /\         o Some new movement checks for people using vehicles,
   /  \          especially those drawn by NPCs like carts and wagons,
  /    \         which means they will start appearing in various areas.
 /_    _\        And hopefully, the wagon quest in Roman Britain will be
   |  |          back in working order in the next few weeks.
   |  |      
   |  |     TYPO FIXES:
   |__|        o "no good hide left left."
    /\      
   /  \     
  /    \                     HELP FILE UPDATES
 /_    _\   
   |  |     There were no helpfiles updated in the past two weeks.
   |  |     
   |  |     
   |__|                         AREA UPDATES
    /\      
   /  \     If you want to suggest specific improvements or new additions
  /    \    to existing areas please don't hesitate to submit them with     
 /_    _\   the idea/bug/typo commands or drop mudmail to the builder
   |  |     currently responsible for the area (use AREAINFO to find out!)
   |  |     
   |  |     1802 ALASKA
   |__|          Fix for the 10-legged bear. Fix for Napachee. Various
    /\           minor bugs and typo fixes.
   /  \     
  /    \    AFRICAN SAVANNAH AND ZANZIBAR
 /_    _\        Townfolk are more numerous, have more variety, more
   |  |          clothing, more money, and, of course, are harder to go
   |  |          along with the rest of their improvements. Some new
   |  |          teachers added. A couple of geography changes on the
   |__|          ocean to match the room/exit descriptions. Lots of
    /\           general clean-up and polishing and detail work. New
   /  \          stuff added: items, mobs, teachers rooms, housing, and a
  /    \         new trade commodity.
 /_    _\   
   |  |     ANCIENT EGYPT
   |  |          Be careful with the First Servant. He's not the push
   |  |          over he used to be. Fix for Tamakhet's teaching acts.
   |__|     
    /\      ANCIENT GREECE
   /  \          Cockatrice not so friendly if you attack and then
  /    \         re-enter. Various bugs and typos fixed.
 /_    _\   
   |  |     AZTECS
   |  |          Fixes for the head Tlaloc priest.
   |  |     
   |__|     BOSTON, MASS.
    /\           Be careful -- some fixes/changes to Hester and Hibbins.
   /  \          Various bugs and typos fixed.
  /    \    
 /_    _\   CASABLANCA
   |  |          Be careful, tweaked some of the mobs.
   |  |     
   |  |     CELTIC IRELAND
   |__|          Be careful, tweaked several of the mobs. Various minor
    /\           bugs fixed. The Dun mobs should only lock doors behind
   /  \          them that were locked when they opened them.
  /    \    
 /_    _\   FRENCH INDIAN WAR
   |  |          Young braves are now scavengers. Various minor bugs and
   |  |          typos fixed.
   |  |     
   |__|     HOSPITALLER MALTA
    /\           Be careful! Several issues fixed with Jean de la
   /  \          Valette. Aloph and the Chancellor should no longer be
  /    \         caught in a conversation loop. Niccolo carries some new
 /_    _\        goods. Various minor bugs and typos fixed. Hospitaller
   |  |          post-title added and ways to remove several post-titles.
   |  |          Another fix for the thicket. Various bugs and typos fixed.
   |  |     
   |__|     PORT OF LONDON
    /\           Dockers tend to stay closer to the docks now. Should
   /  \          help with cleaning up the lumber better.
  /    \    
 /_    _\   SALEM, MASS.
   |  |          The witch post title is added. However, you won't get it
   |  |          until you do what is needed a second time.
   |  |     
   |__|     SAN FRANCISCO
    /\           Fixes baking raisin bread. You need a pan to make wheat
   /  \          bread like recipe says. Fixes another bad theater exit.
  /    \    
 /_    _\   TORTUGA
   |  |          Be careful, tweaked some of the mobs. Fixes the
   |  |          pamphlets -- no more %s.
   |  |     
   |__|     BEOWULF, FRENCH INDIAN WAR, LEGENDS OF THE PAST, SAN
    /\      FRANCISCO, and VIKING SKANDINAVIA
   /  \          Various minor bugs fixed.
  /    \    
 /_    _\                  In Progress Area Updates
   |  |     
   |  |     This section is intended to share what builders are working
   |  |     on behind the scenes. It is not a perfect record of progress
   |__|     as all builders do not commit updates every week. Badgering
    /\      builders about their progress will get you flogged. 
   /  \     
  /    \            Cheyla        Zanzibar Expansion
 /_    _\           Kae           Larderello (Dante's Hell)
   |  |             Kheldar       Medieval Sea Trade
   |  |             LadyAce       Kleinstadt (Update)
   |  |             Leila         London Expansion
   |__|             Piccolo       Ming Dynasty China

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                     LegendMUD Connection Analysis

                        Peak Mortal Players 51
                          Average Peak was 41
                     Peak PKOK Enabled Players 33
              Pkokenabled Characters represent approximately
                        46% of active players.

                    Peak Accept All Characters 12
              Accept All Characters represent approximately
    9% of all active characters and 20% of active pkok enabled characters.

The first two tables below show the Average Mortal Players, Average PKOK
Enabled Players, and the number that were "Accept All" connected to Legend
by hour of the day as polled approximately on the hour system time during
the period noted above.

               hour  0  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11
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               avg  30 29 25 22 19 19 19 19 21 23 24 27
               pke  13 12  9  9  8  7  8  8  8 10 11 13
               aas   2  2  1  1  1  1  1  2  2  2  3  3


               hour 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23
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               avg  27 29 30 30 32 32 32 34 34 35 35 32
               pke  13 15 15 15 16 16 16 16 16 17 16 14
               aas   3  3  4  4  4  3  2  2  2  2  2  2


               day   MON  TUE  WED  THU  FRI  SAT  SUN
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               avg    28   29   29   28   26   26   27
               pke    13   13   13   13   13   11   11
               aas     2    2    2    2    2    2    3

This table shows the breakdown by each hour for each day of the week.

       MON       TUE       WED       THU       FRI       SAT       SUN
    AVG PK AA|AVG PK AA|AVG PK AA|AVG PK AA|AVG PK AA|AVG PK AA|AVG PK AA
------------+---------+---------+---------+---------+---------+---------
  0: 32 13  2| 33 13  2| 30 13  3| 28 12  1| 30 14  1| 24  9  1| 37 16  2
  1: 30 12  2| 29 12  2| 28 11  2| 28 10  1| 27 13  1| 28 11  2| 34 14  2
  2: 25  9  1| 27 10  1| 29 11  2| 24  8  0| 21 10  1| 24  9  2| 25 10  2
  3: 22  8  1| 24 11  1| 25  9  1| 22  9  0| 19  9  0| 22  8  1| 22  8  2
  4: 19  7  1| 20 10  0| 21  8  1| 18  8  0| 17  8  0| 19  8  1| 19  7  1
  5: 18  6  1| 19  7  0| 21  7  1| 18  8  1| 17  7  1| 17  8  2| 20  8  2
  6: 19  6  1| 21  8  0| 22 10  1| 20  9  1| 17  8  1| 17  7  1| 18  7  2
  7: 19  6  1| 21  8  1| 22  9  2| 20  9  2| 19  8  2| 17  7  1| 18  6  3
  8: 20  8  1| 25  9  2| 24 10  2| 20  7  1| 23 10  2| 19  9  2| 18  7  3
  9: 24 10  2| 27 12  3| 24  9  2| 22  9  2| 22 10  2| 23  9  2| 21  8  4
 10: 23 11  3| 27 13  2| 26 12  2| 21  9  2| 26 12  2| 26 10  3| 24 11  3
 11: 27 13  3| 27 14  3| 28 13  3| 23 10  2| 30 17  4| 25 11  3| 29 12  3
 12: 28 12  2| 26 13  3| 29 13  4| 27 14  3| 28 15  5| 25 11  3| 31 14  2
 13: 27 13  2| 29 15  4| 29 16  4| 29 17  4| 30 18  6| 27 12  2| 33 15  3
 14: 29 13  2| 32 17  5| 33 17  5| 33 17  5| 20 12  4| 29 13  2| 28 14  3
 15: 32 17  5| 31 15  5| 32 17  4| 31 17  5| 29 14  4| 30 14  2| 26 13  4
 16: 34 19  4| 30 15  4| 33 16  3| 31 16  3| 35 17  5| 30 14  2| 30 15  3
 17: 37 20  5| 33 14  3| 33 17  3| 33 19  3| 33 17  3| 27 13  2| 32 15  3
 18: 35 19  3| 34 14  3| 36 18  2| 34 18  3| 27 14  2| 30 13  2| 31 14  3
 19: 35 17  2| 34 16  2| 35 17  3| 38 21  4| 29 15  1| 33 13  1| 33 13  2
 20: 39 17  2| 32 15  2| 32 17  2| 36 20  4| 33 17  1| 31 13  1| 35 15  3
 21: 37 19  3| 36 17  3| 36 18  3| 38 19  3| 32 16  1| 32 13  1| 32 13  2
 22: 37 19  2| 37 17  3| 36 18  2| 37 19  3| 35 16  2| 35 14  2| 32 12  2
 23: 30 14  2| 34 16  4| 33 16  3| 35 18  2| 28 12  1| 35 13  2| 28 11  2

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                Farhai has reached 100 million experience!

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                       Stock Char PK Winners!

Congratulations to Shivan, winner of the latest Stock Char pk tourney!
Our 2nd place finisher was Edric_Wulf, following tight on his heels.

Third place went to Nelson, fourth place to Maloth, and Kastina took
fifth.

Congrats & thanks to everyone who played along this time, and we'll see
you next time :)

-LA
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       The Warlords were disbanded on February 26th, by the GM.
    The Knights of Takhisis were disbanded on March 4th, by the GM.

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    The Dark Necromancers Society was formed on March 7th, 2003. 

The true purpose of the Necromancers is unknown. All that is known is
that they are a group of mages, raising the dead and summoning minions
from the other planes. Contact the Guildmaster Sarevok for information
and joining. Keep in mind that this clan is devoted to mages of the 2nd
circle or greater. Very few exceptions will be made.

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     The Council of the Nine Winds was formed on March 8th, 2003. 

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There are currently 16 RP clans and 9 PK clans. This leaves open slots
for seven (7) more clans to form. For more information, read HELP CLAN and
see the clan information list via the CLANS command while logged into the
game. For a basic handbook and reference guide for players interested in
starting and running a clan, we recommend that before you even type FORM,
you visit: http://www.legendmud.org/Reference/gm.html.

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The Grendels have maintained their active members over the past two
weeks, with more than half their members consistently out in battle. The
Infernals have also had about half their members active over the last two
weeks as well. The rest of the pkill clans have had varying levels of
participation during the same time period. The Grand Coven and the
Knights of Legend had the most consistent activity. The School of Hard
Knocks seems to have been in recess since the end of January, one wonders
if classes will resume.

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Two weeks ago there were 115 pkill-related deaths involving 56 different
characters. Of those 56 characters, 32 of them were accept all at the
time. In the past week there were 103 pkill-related deaths involving 33
different characters. Of those 33 characters, 22 of them were accept all
at the time. So come on, let's get YOUR name up in lights! We can't
report on it if you don't tell us about it!

If you have you witnessed or committed any glorious or nefarious deeds,
send a short report to us at the LT. If you are looking for a fight,
recruiting, or anything else related to PK (not necessarily PK Clan
related), send it in! It's free AND you'll get a prize token! Be a
celebrity, the envy of all your friends! Tick off your enemies or just
tell your side of the story! The possibilities are endless -- act today!!
 
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                        Laughing Eye's Lament

                The stars I find on this silent ride
                Are the only ones with to confide.
                I pledged my heart to a rival chief
                Cursing myself to a life of grief.
                A father's warnings I tried to heed.
                In my heart grew a burning seed.
                Morning came. He found us where we'd lain.
                On that same spot my true love was slain.
                My father's words echo through my head
                'From now, your bonds to this tribe are dead.'
                As the clouds roll in, I'm left with the sound
                Of horse's hooves against cold, damp ground.
                 
                Princess Laughing Eyes of the Choctaw

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